Episode #183: Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months

Feat. The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran

I read, like, a lot. And though many of the books I read (and the authors who write them) wind up being featured on the podcast, there are plenty that don’t (and not because they’re not worthy).

Sometimes it just comes down to scheduling or any other number of issues. Suffice it to say there are plenty of authors I’d love to interview that haven’t yet made it on. But that shouldn’t mean we can’t dive into and discuss their latest book, right?

12 Week Year by Brian Moran

The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran and Michael Lennington is just such a book. It was released in 2013. Like Deep Work, another book I read earlier this year, it has revolutionized how I work. I think it can do the same for you.

In today’s episode, I share some of the key insights and main ideas from the book, as well as a couple of other episodes that compliment this one quite nicely (see below for links).

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Episode #182: The Top 10 Ways to Be a Great Leader

With Dr. Hans Finzel

I first met today’s guest at a conference and immediately suggested he needed to be a guest on the podcast. That was 2 years ago!

Well, better late than never, as Dr. Hans Finzel, president of HDLeaders joins us to talk about what he’s learned from over 30 years in positions of leadership.

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His latest book (he’s written 10!) is called The Top 10 Ways to Be a Great Leader. In it, he shares his top 10 leadership principles with each principle combining to form the acronym L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P.

Hans and I talk about the role that listening and learning plays as a leader, his study of emotional intelligence over the last few years, communication, humility and much, much more.

At the time of this writing, the hard cover of the book is just $8 US and available at the links above and below.

Whether you’re new to leadership or you’ve been at it a while, you are bound to improve your leadership skills by reading this book.

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Episode #181: How to Achieve the Success You’re Wired For

With author Alissa Daire Nelson

If you’re anything like me, your childhood included hearing about the need to be “well-rounded”, a mantra that often came from a well-meaning parent or teacher.

My guest today, though, says we weren’t wired to be well-rounded. She says that, in order to achieve the success you’re wired for, you need to focus on your strengths. That doesn’t mean we get to ignore our weaknesses, but it does drastically alter how we approach them.

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Alissa Daire Nelson is a Strengths Strategy Certified Coach and, today, she’s here to talk about helping you embrace and live out the awesome you have inside you.

Her new book is called From Frustrated to Frickin’ Awesome: 4 Steps to Achieve the Success You’re Wired For. She’s also offering a free PDF copy of the book just for you as a listener to Read to Lead.

To grab your free copy of From Frustrated to Frickin’ Awesome, just click here:

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Episode #180: How to Start a Business While Working a Full-Time Job

With Sean McCabe

If you’ve ever desired to start your own business, you may have toyed with the idea of saving up some money, quitting your job, and going all in.

My guest today, though, has a better model he calls overlap. It’s just like it sounds. It’s possible to leverage the margins of life outside your job and grow your business on the side, even if there are things like small children in the mix for you.

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His name is Sean McCabe and his new book is called Overlap: Start a Business While Working a Full-Time Job. For a limited time, you can snag a free copy of the audiobook here.

Sean’s book is a practical, how-to guide for finally doing that thing you’ve always wanted to do.

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Episode #179: How to Become the Person Others Follow

With Joshua Spodek, author, Leadership Step by Step

There is no shortage of books that talk about leadership. Few, though, actually help you learn how to lead.

Fortunately for you and me, our guest today has not only taken on the challenge of solving this problem, he’s done so quite successfully. I’m talking about Joshua Spodek, author of Leadership Step by Step: Become the Person Others Follow.

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The key, Joshua says, is practice. It’s the discipline that turns abstract concepts into useful tools.

Joshua’s book walks you through what to do and how to do it in an integrated and comprehensive progression of exercises that are designed to cultivate key abilities, behaviors, and beliefs through experience.

Exercises throughout help you accomplish the inner work and gain the social skills required for great leadership. In short, you’ll learn to:

  • Build self-awareness
  • Manage emotions
  • Speak in your authentic voice
  • Create meaningful connections
  • Inspire others
  • Lead with empathy
  • Support teammates

Leadership Step by Step will start you on the road to success.

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